6:30-8:30 pm Tuesday Voter Registration In Soulard

voter-registration-350_000Stop by the Drinking Liberally Happy Hour on Nadine’s Patio (1931 S 12th) Tuesday, January 31st and get registered to vote in the March 7th Election for Mayor, Comptroller, odd-numbered wards Aldermen, Special Election for 16th Ward Alderman, and Proposition S.

Ask for Marie and you’ll be set you up with a clipboard, Voter Registration Application, and pen, answer any questions. Your Application will be hand delivered to the Election Board or you can take care of that yourself, walk it in or mail it in to:

St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners
300 N Tucker
Saint Louis MO 63101

Wednesday, February 8th is the Voter Registration Deadline for Tuesday, March 7th Election. More information on Voter Registration is available at the St. Louis City Election Board.

Absentee Voting has begun for the March 7th Primary. More information on Absentee Voting is available at the St. Louis City Election Board.

Sample Ballot is available at St. Louis City Election Board.

Website/Facebook/Twitter account information on all mayoral candidates, all political parties. 

If you are interested in the Drinking Liberally Happy Hour, more information here.

Sunday Mayoral Debate At SLU

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Monday Preservation Board: New Mosque in McKinley Hts

Pierre Laclede Statue4 pm Monday, January 23, 2017
St. Louis Preservation Board
1520 Market (City Hall West), Room 2000

Full Agenda

BENTON PARK
2843 South 18th, 9th Ward (Owner: Roger A. Wampler, 5849 Goener, St. Louis MO 63116) – Construct New Single Family House

DEBALIVIERE PLACE (Central West End Historic District)

48 Washington Terrace, 28th Ward (Owner: Thomas Michael Ward & Susan Hope Schaburg, 48 Washington Terrace, St. Louis MO 63112) – Appeal of Denial to Construct Sunroom

DOWNTOWN
Leacock Sporting Good Building,  919-921 Locust, 7th Ward (Owner: Locust Street Lofts LLC, 333 N Pennsylvania #100, Indianapolis IN 46204) – Nomination for National Register of Historic Places

THE GATE DISTRICT
Du-Good Chemical Laboratory, 1215-23 South Jefferson, 6th Ward (Owner: Matthew  Kettner & Tiffany Kettner, 1707 Parker, St. Louis MO 63138) – Nomination for National Register of Historic Places

LAFAYETTE SQUARE
1212 Dolman, 7th Ward (Owner: Devin Homan, 2100 Warson Rd, St. Louis MO 63124) – Construct New Single Family House

MARINE VILLA (Benton Park National Historic District)
2122 Miami, 20th Ward (Owner: 2120 Miami LLC, 1023 S Elm, St. Louis MO 63119 – Appeal of Denial on Demolition of 2-Story Bldg

MCKINLEY HEIGHTS
2326-46 Allen @ Jefferson, 7th Ward (Owner: Qooba Foundation, 1925 Allen, St. Louis MO 63104) – Construct New Mosque for Al Qooba Masjid, currently at Allen & Mississippi, same neighborhood

Wednesday Hearing On Reproductive Nondiscrimination Ordinance

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9:30 am Wednesday, January 18, 2017
St. Louis City Board of Aldermen
Housing, Urban Development & Zoning Committee
Kennedy Hearing Room (Room 208), City Hall

Public Hearing on Board Bill 203 by Alderwoman Megan Green (15th Ward), Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia (6th Ward), Alderwoman Cara Spencer (20th Ward), Alderman Shane Cohn (25th Ward), and Alderman Chris Carter (27th Ward), to add pregnancy and reproductive health decisions as protected classes.

Members of the HUDZ Committee include Alderman Joe Roddy (17th Ward), Chair, Alderman Freeman Bosley Sr (3rd Ward), Alderman Chris Carter (27th ward), Alderman Jack Coatar (7th Ward), Alderman Steve Conway (8th Ward), Alderwoman Marlene Davis (19th Ward), Alderwoman Megan Green (15th Ward), Alderman Antonio French (21st Ward), Alderman Terry Kennedy (18th Ward), Alderwoman Lyda Krewson (28th Ward), Alderman Sam Moore (4th Ward), Alderwoman Cara Spencer (20th Ward).

Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information for Members of the Board of Aldermen

Contact Information for Board President Reed

CORRECTED – Independent Candidate Petitioners May Not Vote In March Party Primary

610d85f975a754f077e921c4c92582d5March 7th is the St. Louis City Primary Election for Mayor, Comptroller, and Aldermen of odd numbered wards, plus a special election for Alderman in 16th Ward, and Proposition S.

It is a political party primary. It is a partisan election. Primary elections have been held in Missouri since 1908. Prior to that, political parties met in conventions to nominate their candidates for federal, state, and local offices in General Elections.

When you vote in the March 7th Primary, you will be asked what political party ballot you want. In this election, you may choose from Democratic Party, Republican Party, Green Party, or Libertarian Party. This election has one local ballot issue, so you may take out a nonpartisan ballot to vote only on a ballot issue.

Candidates for Mayor for all political parties are listed here with their contact information, websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts are listed here. If you find an error or have information or a link to fill in a blank, please email us the information.

Independent candidates for Mayor, Comptroller, and Aldermen, must qualify for the April 4th General Election Ballot by submitting signatures of supporters to the Board of Elections.

CORRECTION: We had the wrong deadline date for Independents to file. We said Tuesday, January 17th based on Missouri Secretary of State Elections Calendar. That is the correct date for final day of filing by candidates for School Board and Community College Trustee, but not Independent candidates who must secure signatures to get on the ballot. According to the St. Louis City Board of Election Municipal Election page, the last day for Independents to file is the “eighth Monday prior” to General Election, which would make the filing deadline Monday, February 13th.

On January 25th, the Board of Elections finally got around to posting filing information on Independent candidates.

St. Louis City Charter 2.08.330 regulates the nomination of Independent candidates: “the signers shall declare, in such certificate, that they are bona fide supporters of the candidate sought to be nominated, and have not aided, and will not aid, in the nomination of any other candidate for an elective city office.”

By signing an Independent candidate’s petition, you are nominating a candidate for public office. If you nominate an Independent for the General Election, you cannot help nominate a candidate by voting in the Primary Election, you may only take out a nonpartisan ballot to vote on Proposition S.

Section 115.323 Revised Statutes of Missouri also prohibits a voter from nominating more than one person for an office.

Political parties and Independent candidates may obtain Credentials for Challengers at each polling place. Signature on a nominating petition for an Independent candidate may be used to challenge the right to cast a ballot in the Primary Election.

St. Louis City Board of Elections Election Day Challengers and Watchers Policy

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Nominating petitions are public records.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman, with apologies for confusion regarding the filing date for Independent candidates.

Eco Devo Sales Tax Hearings Tuesday & Wednesday

yTkejEGTEMake your voice heard. Attend one of the hearings. Contact Committee Members, Your Alderman, and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact information at end of post.

St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Ways & Means Committee
Public Hearings on
Board Bill 227 by 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia
To place a Sales Tax for “Economic Development” on the April 4th Ballot

8:30 am Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
Leisure Room, City Hall. 1200 Market

6:30-8:30 pm Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
Nebula co-working space, 3407 S Jefferson

There are three pages of Whereas in Board Bill 227, The Narrative intended to sway you, before the the meat and potatoes.

The Sales Tax would be dedicated to Economic Development including:
1) North/South Metrolink
2) Neighborhood Development
3) Workforce Development
4) Anti-Crime Infrastructure, including security cameras as well as a monitoring system
5) Upgrade the City’s Infrastructure

In other words, you are being asked to support yet another somewhat generic sales tax increase that the Board of Aldermen and Board of Estimate & Apportionment (Mayor + Comptroller + Board President) will decide later what it is actually spent on.

Now, sure, you may hear or read that this will get _% and that will get _% of the new revenue. But, in reality, every time we pass one of these taxes for X, Y, Z, the actual appropriation is subject to politics.

Regardless of what you hear or read about the promises of this money, you would not be voting on specific percentages for spending categories. It could be that it will all mostly go to one category. Look at that above link to the actual proposal. Do you see any percentages?

Accountability is highly problematic. If this is put on the April ballot, some aldermen, who made whatever nonbinding promises they did on where the money would be spent, may not even be in office after April because of March Primary Election challengers. And there will be a new Mayor come April who may or may not share the same understanding on how this money should be spent. And, in a few short years, half of the Board of Aldermen will be gone because of ward reduction to 14 wards after 2020 redistricting. Just some things to consider.

I think these categories should each stand on their own for votes and they should have sunset clauses for reauthorization, maybe a re-vote in ten years.

As for North/South Metrolink expansion, I want an opportunity to vote on revenue for that project, but not junked up with other “economic development” issues, and I’d like to see a percentage of the revenue dedicated to better bus service.

But, we need to get a handle on taxes. Additional taxes maybe should wait until the next mayor. Our sales tax is already very high. We need to find different revenue streams.

And then there is the relationship between the sales tax for economic development and the soccer stadium proposal. 

Members of the BOA Ways & Means Committee include: Alderman Steve Conway (8th Ward), Alderman Chris Carter (27th Ward), Alderman Antonio French (27th Ward), Alderman Terry Kennedy (18th Ward), Alderman Sam Moore (4th Ward), Alderwoman Beth Murphy (13th Ward), Alderman Scott Ogilvie (24th Ward), Alderman Joe Vaccaro (23rd Ward).

Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information for Members of the Board of Aldermen

Contact Information for Board President Reed

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman